Ian Buchanan

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Ian Buchanan
Ian Buchanan (cropped).jpg
Ian Buchanan in November 2013
Born (1957-06-16) 16 June 1957 (age 65)
Years active1986–present

Ian Buchanan (born 16 June 1957) is a Scottish television actor who has appeared on multiple American soap operas including General Hospital, Port Charles, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, and Days of Our Lives.[1] He is also known for his work in two David Lynch shows - playing Dick Tremayne in Twin Peaks and Lester Guy in On the Air.[2]


After studying acting in New York at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and privately with Marcia Haufrecht,[3] Buchanan's first major daytime role came in 1986, when he joined the cast of General Hospital in the role of Duke Lavery, whom he portrayed until 1989.[4][5] After leaving the role of Lavery, Buchanan appeared in roles on prime-time series including It's Garry Shandling's Show as Ian McFyfer from 1988 to 1990, and Twin Peaks as Dick Tremayne from 1990 to 1991.

In 1990, he played a wealthy Playboy-style magazine publisher in the Columbo television series episode Columbo Cries Wolf. He also guest-starred in episode 4 of the 1990 series The Flash as the main villain, Stan Kovacs. He appeared in a 1993 episode of Quantum Leap, titled "Blood Moon."

In 1993, Buchanan returned to daytime and was cast on The Bold and the Beautiful in his second most recognized daytime role as Dr. James Warwick, which he portrayed until 1999. Buchanan has since reprised his role as Warwick in several guest appearances from 2004 to 2011. Following the end of his regular appearance as Warwick, Buchanan made a short appearance on Days of Our Lives in 2001 as Lord Sheraton.

In 2002, he joined the cast of Port Charles portraying the sinister Joshua Temple until the show's end in 2003.

In 2005, Buchanan joined the cast of All My Children, in the role of Dr. Greg Madden, a fertility specialist involved in the controversial "un-abortion" storyline involving Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), as well as the abduction of the daughter of Dixie Martin (Cady McClain) and Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight). Buchanan's role as Madden came to an end on 5 July 2006, when his character died as the result of being buried alive.[citation needed]

In 2012, Buchanan joined Days of Our Lives in the newly created contract role of Ian McAllister, who is the husband of Madison James (Sarah Brown) and a former lover of Kate Roberts DiMera, (Lauren Koslow), but was let go in August, as the result of a shift in the direction of the series.[citation needed]

On 27 August 2012, Buchanan returned to General Hospital as Duke Lavery after a 23-year absence.[6] On 12 November, it was revealed that Buchanan was playing a dual role. "Duke Lavery" was actually Cesar Faison in disguise, and Faison was holding the real Duke hostage at a clinic in Lucerne, Switzerland.[7] On 5 July 2017, it was announced he would reprise his role as James Warwick on The Bold and the Beautiful.[8][9]


n.b. for credit listings reference[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Seventh Sign Mr. Huberty
1993 Blue Flame Wax
1993 The Cool Surface Terrence
1994 Double Exposure Roger Putnam
1998 Ivory Tower Andy Pallack
2000 Lying in Wait George
2002 Panic Room Evan Kurlander
2009 Make the Yuletide Gay Peter Stanford
2015 Always Oliver


Year Title Role Notes ref
1986–2020 General Hospital Duke Lavery 1986–1989 (contract); 2012–2015 (recurring); 2016 & 2017 (special guest) [4][5][6]
1988–1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show Ian McFyfer 20 episodes
1990 Columbo Sean Brantley Episode: "Columbo Cries Wolf"
The Flash Stan Kovacs Episode: "Honor Among Thieves"
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Dick Tremayne 11 episodes
1992 On the Air Lester Guy 7 episodes
The Larry Sanders Show Johnathan Litman Episode: "The New Producer"
1993 Quantum Leap Victor Episode: "Blood Moon"
1993 Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair Peter Lawford Television film
1993–1999, 2004,


2011, 2017

The Bold and the Beautiful Dr. James Warwick Contract: 1993–1999
Recurring role: 2004, 2008–2009, 2011, 2017
1995 The Nanny Julius Kimble Episode: "Dope Diamond"
Gargoyles Constantine Episode: "Avalon, Part One"
1996 NYPD Blue Prince Laszlo Forsmann Episode: "Where'd the Van Gogh?"
1998 The New Batman Adventures Connor Episode: "Old Wounds"
1999 Batman Beyond Dr. Abel Cuvier Episode: "Splicers"
2000 Norm Jack/Fernando Episode: "Norm vs. the Sacrifice"
2001 Days of Our Lives Lord Sheraton 4 episodes
Nash Bridges Franz Planck Episode: "The Partner"
Charmed Raynor 2 episodes
2002 Raising Dad Dr. Fields Episode: "Daughter Nose Best"
2002–2003 Port Charles Joshua Temple Recurring
Justice League Ultra-Humanite (voice) 3 episodes
2003 Stargate SG-1 First Episode: "Unnatural Selection, Part 2"
2004 Alias Johannes Gathird Episode: "After Six"
Hope & Faith Himself 2 episodes
2005 Yes, Dear Paul Episode: "The Radford Reshuffle"
2005–2006 All My Children Dr. Greg Madden 25 episodes
2007 Nip/Tuck Damien Sands Episode: "Damien Sands"
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Sherlock Holmes (voice) Episode: " Trials of the Demon!"
2019 A Mermaid for Christmas Narrator Television film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1988 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Newcomer: Daytime General Hospital Won
1988 4th Soap Opera Digest Awards Favorite Super Couple: Daytime – shared with Finola Hughes General Hospital Nominated
1989 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards Favorite Super Couple: Daytime – shared with Finola Hughes General Hospital Nominated
1989 5th Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Hero: Daytime General Hospital Nominated
1997 24th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful Won
1998 25th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Bold and the Beautiful Nominated
1999 15th Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role The Bold and the Beautiful Nominated


  1. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (19 February 2012). "Days of Some Shows' Lives Continue". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "Ian Buchanan : Credit Listings". TV.com. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ Peterson, Bettelou (11 January 2013). "Soap Star". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Nancy M. Reichardt (7 June 1986). "What Happened This Week on Your Favorite Soaps". Chicago Tribune. Tony W. Hunter. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b CurlyQgrl (6 June 1986). "Curlyqgrl's General Hospital 1986 episodes". Angelfire. Lycos. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b Logan, Michael (27 August 2012). "Exclusive: General Hospital Chief Valentini Explains Today's Shocking Return of Duke Lavery". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  7. ^ "GENERAL HOSPITAL CAST – CESAR FAISON". soaps.sheknows.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  8. ^ SOD (5 July 2017). "Ian Buchanan Back to B&B". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  9. ^ Logan, Michael (5 July 2017). "The Doctor Is In: Ian Buchanan Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful". TV Insider. United States: TVGM Holdings LLC.

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